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April 20, 2009

Scientist Stephen Hawking rushed to hospital in ambulance

Scientist Stephen Hawking rushed to hospital in ambulance

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Monday, April 20, 2009

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Scientist Stephen Hawking, 67, has been taken to a hospital in an ambulance after falling very ill, reports Sky News.

According to a physicist at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, “Professor Hawking is very ill” and had been rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to undergo tests.

His condition is not yet known, but according to the University, Hawking has been ill with a chest infection for a few weeks. On April 6, he cancelled an appearance at Arizona State University due to his illness. Hawking also suffers from severe motor neurone disease.

“He [Hawking] is undergoing tests. He has been unwell for a couple of weeks,” said the university in a statement. In a later statement, the University stated that Hawking was resting comfortably “but will be kept in hospital overnight” for observation.

Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics head Peter Haynes offered his sympathy saying, “Professor Hawking is a remarkable colleague. We all hope he will be amongst us again soon.” Hawking has worked in the same department as Haynes for over 30 years.



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December 14, 2006

Stephen Hawking concludes visit to Israel and Palestine

Stephen Hawking concludes visit to Israel and Palestine

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Hawking takes a look at the old city from the Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew University

Professor Stephen Hawking today concluded his eight-day visit to Israel and Palestine. The visit was organised by the British Embassy and the British Council. The world-famous scientist and best-selling author of A Brief History of Time embodies the UK’s scientific excellence and his visit has promoted Britain as the international partner of choice in science and technology collaboration.

Professor Hawking met with teenage scientists in an event organised by the British Council at the Bloomfield Museum of Science in Jerusalem on Sunday 10 December. Also on that day, Professor Hawking met the Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert.

This evening, December 14, Professor Hawking gave a public lecture to over 1,000 people at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on “The Origin Of the Universe.”

In between he met other Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients and gave them courage.

He also visited the Jewish/Arab joint village of Neve Shalom/Wāĥat as-Salām, Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science and the Birzeit University in Ramallah (in Palestine).

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December 2, 2006

Stephen Hawking believes going to other planets is necessary for human survival

Stephen Hawking believes going to other planets is necessary for human survival

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Saturday, December 2, 2006

Stephen William Hawking

Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist known for having Lou Gehrig’s Disease, believes that the survival of the human race depends on whether or not we colonize other planets.

“The long-term survival of the human race is at risk as long as it is confined to a single planet,” he said during a Thursday radio interview with BBC. “Sooner or later, disasters such as an asteroid collision or nuclear war could wipe us all out. But once we spread out into space and establish independent colonies, our future should be safe.”

The idea of ‘warp drive’, popularized by science fiction writers and televised in the series Star Trek, enables space ships to travel vast distances in a short time.

“Unfortunately, this would violate the scientific law which says that nothing can travel faster than light,” said Hawking.

By using a yet-to-be developed ‘matter/anti-matter annihilation’ propulsion system, space travel velocities could approach the speed of light, according to Hawking. The closest stars could be reached in 6 years. “It wouldn’t seem so long for those on board,” he said.

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